On The Boards

March 10, 2009 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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  • Original Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Label: HIP-O (PG)/Fontana
  • Copyright: (C) 1970 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 36:26
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  • ASIN: B0029P8J20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,741 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I saw and heard him play the guitar and harmonica at the same time.
Richard G. Morton
Rory Gallagher fronted the blues-rock trio Taste, which experienced reasonable success in the U.K. in the late '60s and early '70s.
Joxim G.P.
You can hear the many influences and the exceptional talent that is being refined and created by Taste and Rory Gallagher himself.
Joel K. Hinrichs

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The production is FAR better than the previous Taste album. Here, Rory seems a little more relaxed with the studio environment. The guitar solos are less meandering than on the first Taste album. The songwriting is much stronger as well. This album is where Rory hits his stride as a writer. The stereo panning, and other studio tricks, although comes dangerously close to rendering this as dated sounding, is still very cool. This is probably as experimental as Rory ever got in the studio. There's even a couple of sax solos played by Rory (!). Some of the tunes get into jazz territory. It's almost a culture shock, if you've been exposed to Rory's solo output, to listen to this. It's very experimental, but it's a good experiment.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joxim G.P. on June 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's unbeliavable this great musician is relatively unknown. The great creativity and fusion with four generes (Blues,Jazz,Folk,Rock) make him only one with his own style, If you like the blues rock and jazz tunes, this album it's a milestone from Ireland. Songs like "What's going on" we heard riffs blues to hard rock , "Railway and gun" a Folk and blues song with a strong solo,"It's Happened Before, It'll Happen Again" with fusion jazz & blues, the beauty folk song "If The Day Was Any Longer", the blues trademark of Rory "Morning sun", and my favorite supersong "Eat my words", all songs in this album are greatest, it's the kind of album where each one of the songs it's a real pleasure to listen.

Rory Gallagher fronted the blues-rock trio Taste, which experienced reasonable success in the U.K. in the late '60s and early '70s. Taste was molded very much on the model of Cream, adding some folk, pop, and jazz elements to a blues-rock base, and featuring a virtuosic guitarist. They weren't in the same league as Cream, particularly in the songwriting department, and were (like Cream) prone to occasional blues-rock bombast. But they weren't a bad band in their own right, exhibiting a lighter touch than most British blues boom outfits.

The focus of Taste was always upon Gallagher. In addition to playing accomplished and versatile lead guitar, he sang in a gentle but convincing fashion, and wrote the band's original material. Much of Taste's repertoire was more restrained and balanced than the territory Gallagher would explore on his '70s outings, which placed more emphasis upon him as guitar hero. Gallagher also played occasional saxophone and harmonica with the group.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jiri Schwarz on September 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of my favourite albums in my collection. I agree with some of the reviewers below that it is completely different to Taste's 1st album (maybe that Blister on the Moon on Taste I announced the future sound). On the Boards covers a greater variety of styles and moods than the former somewhat orthodox rock'n blues album. On the Boards offers fine nearly jazzy improvisations (It's Happened Before...), but also tender folk-rock tunes, sung beautifully by Rory (If the Day ..., If I Don't Sing ... etc), and of course, the hard rock guitar and bass riffs that are often used as small intros to the compositions (What's Going On and others). It is this exciting blend of influences that makes this basically blues album so outstanding. The Taste's arrangements are very simple, but still make a wonderful overall robust sound with 3 people playing 5 instruments (g, bg, ds, hca, sax). The individual tracks alternate different atmospheres: the gloomy one (the bluesy On the Boards, It's Happened Before ..), which may remind you of the gloomy dusks in Ireland), the raw one (Railway and Gun a.o.), which may remind you of the lively Irish whiskey bar, and the flashes of sunlight of the Irish summer (If the Day Was Any Longer, See Here). I think the album brings a genuine Irish sound, different to any other British or American rock'n blues bands. Definitely a 5-star album, essential to any rock'n blues lover's collection, the best way to see who Rory Gallagher was.
Just a small note to the Philip deCatanzaro' s review (just one below): I also remember that people knew quite infrequently of the Taste (even those who knew Rory's name). However, in our pack of the guys at a Prague high school in the early seventies, the Taste were very popular. And they remained so for most of us.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip deCatanzaro on April 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a Taste fan right from 1969 when I was just a pimply faced young guitar slinger. Although the first (green) Taste album shows a rougher edge, "On the Boards" shows how versatile Rory really was. Aside from the excellent song writing, Rory shows us his ability to play the sax and harp. The excellent bass slappin' Richard McCracken shows us his jazz influences and dynamic drumming fills from John Wilson make the title song unforgetable.
On the Boards was a better produced one than the first. The guitar sounds have better variance and the dynamics of each song come to life. Another of my favorite Rory albums is "Deuce". I am more impressed with the 3 man band Rory albums, although Blueprint and Tatoo stand out.
As I type this I remember that none of my highschool freinds new of the band Taste. I played songs from this album with my blues band then, and would not be ashamed to now. I have since met a few other Rory fans and now that I have the CD I really want them to listen to what they missed.
This has got to be the most influential albums for me as a young guitarist and continues to be a valuable part of my collection.
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